Apple sends invites to March 27 event, new iPads incoming?

On March 27, Apple will be hosting an event in Chicago, as media invitations revealed earlier today. The gathering will take place at the Lane Tech College Prep High School and will be focused on education – “Join us to hear new creative ideas for teachers and students,” the invite reads. 
“Boo-riing!” you might be thinking to yourself, but don’t dismiss the announcement so quickly. On one hand, the event probably won’t bring anything groundbreaking (if anything at all) in terms of hardware – big news from Apple are much more likely to come out of its new, …

Samsung buys AI company Kngine, human-like Bixby 2.0 incoming?

Samsung has just made another step towards improving the next version of its virtual assistant – Bixby 2.0. The company has acquired Kngine – an Egyptian-based startup, fully dedicated to the idea of making an AI which learns and evolves just like a human does.

Kngine is developing a human-like artificial intelligence by allowing it to answer questions after learning from reading documents, books, manuals, searching the web, and more. The engine works in phases – first, it processes the question. Then it proceeds to break it down into sub-questions and forms an answering …

HMD to launch two new flagships this year, Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 Pro incoming?

Finnish company HMD Global pretty much nailed it at MWC 2018, but many good things are still about to happen to Nokia fans. Although Nokia 8 Sirocco is the company’s new flagship smartphone, at least two other top-tier Nokia-branded phones will be released by the end of the year.

If you believe Nokia 8 Sirocco leaves to be desired when it comes to the camera or other aspects that you think should offer more in terms of features, HMD plans to launch the Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9.

Even though we don’t know what names HMD will use for these phones, sources with knowledge about the company’s …

New Apple iPad models appear in regulatory filings suggesting two new tablets are incoming?

Two new Apple iPad models, “A1893” and “A1954,” were approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission. The regulatory agency has oversight in countries like Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The two model numbers do not correspond with any previously released iPad tablet. Top Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities said last year that the 2018 Apple iPad Pro will resemble the Apple iPhone X thanks to the inclusion of an edge-to-edge screen, the TrueDepth Camera, and Face ID. And yes, that means that the new iPad Pro units will feature the infamous “notch.”

We would expect …

Android P features leak, notch support incoming

Despite the fact the latest major Android version – Android 8 Oreo – is present on little more than 1% of all Android devices, we’ve already got some details on the next big Android update – Android 9.0 P, having the internal code name ‘Pistachio Ice Cream’.

According to insider sources, Google has already laid out the main goals of Android 9.0 P. One of them is said to be a visual overhaul of the OS to make the software more appealing. Reportedly, Google is aiming to draw the attention of iOS users with this move, hoping to make them switch over to Android. As part of the …

Hundreds of iPhone X owners can't answer incoming calls (sometimes), Apple is looking into the issue

A seemingly growing number of Apple iPhone X owners are complaining about the fact that they can’t properly use the device as a phone. More exactly, some users are reporting that, at times, they can not answer incoming calls. 
The issue arises because the screen of the iPhone X sometimes wakes up 6 to 10 seconds after a call comes in – thus, the user is unable to access the virtual Accept and Decline buttons, while the caller is probably wondering why he/she is being ignored. As of today, February 4, almost 800 iPhone X users have signaled this problem (or variations …

Google signs deal with the Unified Stylus Initiative, a new stylus standard incoming?

A video posted by USI, showing off their technology’s potential

This week Google signed a deal for partnership with the Universal Stylus Initiative and the goal is already clear – develop a unified stylus standard, so you are able to use one pen on all of your devices.

Universal Stylus Initiative was founded in 2015 and its goal is to make a single standard for all stylus manufacturers, which can then make their future products usable on any device. In the current state, every manufacturer produces their own styli, …

Sony to hold MWC 2018 press conference on February 26, new Xperia phones incoming?

Although Sony has already unveiled a trio of Xperia phones early this year at CES (Consumers Electronics Show), we expect the Japanese company to unveil a couple of more handsets next month at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018.

As a matter fact, we’ve just been invited to Sony’s MWC press conference scheduled to take place on February 26. The invitation doesn’t mention anything about phones, just that we’ll get to see their latest technological achievements.

However, since MWC is all about smartphones, we strongly believe that we’ll see at least two new Xperia devices, including a …

HMD Global trademarks the Asha brand, new smartphones incoming?

Finnish company HMD Global borrowed the Nokia brand to make smartphones and they’re doing a pretty good job. However, that doesn’t stop HMD from trying to do even better.

It appears that HMD transferred another well-known brand that will probably help it sell even more devices. The “Asha” brand belonged to Nokia before Microsoft acquired the company’s mobile division, but when the Redmond finally bought Nokia’s mobile business, it also got the Asha brand.

Since there’s no official announcement, it’s yet unclear how HMD Global was able to trademark the Asha …

After receiving complaints, Google changes its trade-in kit so incoming handsets are more protected

When the Google Store started offering a trade-in program in October for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, Google sent out a special trade-in kit that received a number of complaints. Those taking advantage of the deal received a 4 x 6 envelope that contained a very light amount of padding. This worried a number of Google Store customers who were afraid that without enough protection, their trade would never make it through the U.S. Postal System unscathed.

Considering that the terms of the trade-in deal say “refund is based on phone received matching the description provided at time of estimate,” …